Here we go again—who’s winning the war for manufacturing jobs? Man or machine? Human or robot? John Henry, the steel-driving man, or the steam machine? Claire Cain Miller wrote the usual type of manufacturing article for The New York Times with the usual click-bait headline–Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs. Typically, […]
ABB held its customer conference in Houston this week and showcased many new products and unveiled its digital enterprise platform ABB Ability. ABB Ability is the name given to its portfolio of digital solutions. I was trying to place it into a competitive landscape when one speaker showed a slide positioning ABB Ability with GE […]
Another big document dump hacked from the CIA points to more security risks for all of us–especially those working in critical infrastructure. Thoughts in podcast form from Gary.
One thing I hear from my international friends concerns manufacturing policy emanating from the new political climate in Washington. One of the first policies concerns tax “reform.” I love that word “reform.” It used to mean a progressive agenda 100 years ago. Now it means changing things in a direction I like (doesn’t matter who […]
My friends over at the PwC industrial manufacturing practice have taken a look at 2017 industrial manufacturing trends. The report was composed by Marian Mueller, Bobby Bono, Steve Pillsbury, and Barry Misthal. I will summarize here. Check out the link for more in-depth discussion. I think they have nailed most of the ideas coming up. […]
Connections, services, augmented reality. Three technology directions and three companies that contacted me last month to point out some cool things going on, often beneath the radar. One of them just raised a bunch of VC money, though. I think you’ll be hearing more. Now that I’m catching my breath from a couple of intense […]
Open Process Automation and IT/OT Convergence. Thursday, the last day of the ARC Forum, is not always all that well attended. The 2017 edition witnessed two sessions that held the attention of the later departing attendees. These two attracted a reasonably good attendance. I didn’t do the IT/OT one, but I had great interest in […]
I’m tackling Internet of Things Edge computing in the first of many posts as I finally have some time to gather my notes and thoughts after an intense four days in Orlando at the ARC Advisory Group Industry Forum. Announced during the Monday press conferences and later at a special breakfast presentation, Inductive Automation announced […]
I interviewed and reviewed the book by Maciej Kranz Building The Internet of Things in January. Now I have word that he will be Livestreaming a talk today, Feb. 6, at 6 pm. Kranz wrote an eminently practical book about implementing the Internet of Things in your manufacturing enterprise. This should be an interesting conversation.
Committee co-chair Mark Crawford of the The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) told me yesterday that its Industrial Internet Reference Architecture is a living document. The committee revises frequently in order to stay current with rapidly moving technology and use cases. Therefore, it is no surprise that the organization has published version 1.8 of the Industrial […]